BkMk Press Books

Things We Do When No One Is Watching

Stories

By Philip Gerard

  Resonant and lyrical tales of the dangers and frustrations of life at all ages.    —Kirkus Reviews One Gerard character says that “childhood is a dangerous country, and not all of us...

Currents

Poems

By Bojan Louis

Available Soon It takes only the ring of the opening poems in Currents to realize this book does exactly what one hopes a first book will do, bring alive a new, original voice.  It’s a voice Bojan Louis not only susta...

Feet of the Messenger

Poems

By H. C. Palmer

  Between the horrors of the Vietnam War and the pacific silences of the Kansas prairie, H. C. Palmer honors both the beauty of the English language and the ancient powers of poetry to speak experience without diminishing it. Seldom h...

The World Is One Place

Native American Poets Visit the Middle East

By Diane Glancy, Linda Rodriguez, editors

  Jim Barnes • Kimberly Blaeser • Trevino L. Brings Plenty • Natalie Diaz • Diane Glancy • Joy Harjo • Allison Hedge Coke • Travis Hedge Coke • Linda Hogan • LeAnne Howe • Bojan Lou...

The Red Hijab

By Bonnie Bolling

Poetry. Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by H. L. Hix.   Featured on The Rumpus...

Wild Things

Stories

By Jaimee Wriston Colbert

  New Collection of “Linked, Rural-Noir” Stories Depict Endangered Humans in Endangered Environments Longlisted for Chautauqua Prize The Rumpus, ...

Plumbers

Poems

By Robert Stewart

  These poems are moving, experienced, and, in their own hardbitten earthy way, pretty elegant. I love the way Stewart’s affection for his subject, his genuine sweetness, keeps being close-shaved by a tough, realistic sense of l...

Heirlooms

Stories

By Rachel Hall

  Current finalist, Balcones Prize for Fiction Longlisted for the Chautauqua Priz...

Navigating a Life

Henry Bloch in World War II

By John Herron & Mary Ann Wynkoop

  Limited Edition Free shipping in the U.S.   From the Preface...

The Capital of Kansas City: Stories

Stories

By Gary Gildner

Current finalist, Foreword Reviews Award, humor Gary Gildner may be a poet at heart...but his latest collection of stories, The Capital of Kansas City, proves the poet could also be along the most subtle ...

The Grass Labyrinth: Stories

By Charlotte Holmes

Gold medalist, Independent Publisher Award (IPPY), short stories Gold Medalist, ...

Chickenhood

Seven Poems

By Robert Stewart

Published by Woods Colt Press (BkMk Press distributor) In these seven poems the ovum...

One Blackbird at a Time

Poems

By Wendy Barker

  Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Selected by Alice Friman  featured on Poetry Dail...

King of the Gypsies

Stories

By Lenore Myka

Winner of the BkMk Press G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Lorraine M. López. A new generation in Romania—with a few American friends—face
 communism’s ghosts with ...

The Billion-Dollar Dream

Stories

By Robert Day

Day’s characters can be hoarders, filthy, larcenous and adulterous.  But there always emerges a moral point, a discovery or self-discovery, a quick drawing of the breath at what has been revealed or irretrievably lost.  Just as Pau...

There Is Not Fashion to It

Selected Poems

By Thomas McAfee

Edited by Ted Schaefer, Tricia Schaefer, Kay Callison, Jerry Dethrow, and Greg Michalson Though he is best remembered as one of Missouri's leading authors in the 20th century, one who helped launch the...

Quiet City: Poems

By Susan Aizenberg

  Featured in Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry  Read the review in...

Drawn from Water

An American Poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story

By Dina Elenbogen

  "This beautiful book should be required reading for anyone who cares about Israel." —Andrea Kempf, ...

Border States

By Jane Hoogestraat

Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by Luis J. Rodriguez Featured on Garrison Keiller's ...

Thorn

Stories

By Evan Morgan Williams

  Winner of the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Al Young Winner of the...

Now We Can All Go Home

Three Novellas in Homage to Chekhov

By Catherine Browder

  Reviewed in ForeWord Reviews ...

Boulevard Women

By Lauren Cobb

Winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Kelly Cherry ForeWord Reviews Award, silver in short stories Chautauqua Prize...

Beauty Mark

Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry selected by Kevin Prufer

By Suzanne Cleary

  Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize, winner Paterson Poetry Prize, citat...

Last Lambs

Poems

By Bill Bauer

  Finalist, Eric Hoffer Award Reviewed in ...

The Library of Dreams

New & Selected Poems 1965-2013

By Howard Schwartz

  Reviewed in ...

Trouble Behind Glass Doors

Poems

By Walter Bargen; Mike Sleadd (cover art)

  “Trouble” is organized into three sections: the first considers the poet’s varying and ambiguous role as laureate, the second contemplates and illustrates and ludicrous nature of the phrase & whole facts,...

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New Letters on the Air Presents a Live Conversation with PEN/Faulkner Award Winner Stewart O'Nan

This author of fiction and non-fiction will discuss his career and reveal how he crafts his writing with New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam in a live event (more) on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. RSVP

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